Diamonds in the Shadow  -     By: Caroline B. Cooney
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Charity and moral clarity clash when the Finches welcome four African refugees to their Connecticut home. Fleeing unimaginable horrors, Andre and Celestine Amabo, with teenagers Mattu and Alake, gratefully embrace their new life. But a dangerous fifth Amabo---one decidedly more dangerous---slips secretly into the country. Now oldest son Jared Finch faces a devastating decision! 240 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 140007424X
ISBN-13: 9781400074242
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A powerful novel about the difficulty of doing what is right.

Through their love for people, yet ignorance of the unknown, the Finch Family has joined alongside their church and opened their home to an African refugee family who are moving to Connecticut. The Amabo family of four– Andre, Celestine, Mattu, and Alake: father, mother, and teenage son and daughter– arrive in great hope as they have escaped the tyranny of Africa. What the Finch Family doesn’t know is that there are not just four refugees in this Amabo family, but five.

As the Amabo family, who have suffered unimaginable horrors, begin to adjust to a life of plenty in the Finches' suburban Connecticut home, and the Finches are learning new lessons of “The Golden Rule”. The life adjustment for all seems flawless.

But the fifth refugee does not believe in good will. This lawless rebel has managed to enter America undetected. And the Amabo family has something of his--something that they agreed to carry into the country for him.

When Jared, the oldest Finch son, realizes that the good guys are not always innocent, he must make a decision that could change the fates of both the Finches and the Amabos. In this uncommonly penetrating story, Caroline B. Cooney presents a fresh perspective on how doing what is right can be most difficult.


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Author Bio

Caroline B. Cooney is the bestselling and award-winning author of numerous books for young people. She makes her home in both Westbrook, CT and New York City.


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Editorial Reviews

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, September 17, 2007:
"Crackling language and nailbiting cliffhangers provide an easy way into the novel's big ideas, transforming topics that can often seem distant and abstract into a grippingly immediate reading experience."



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  1. Chicago, IL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 5, 2012
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    Chicago, IL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Diamonds in the Shadow.
    you won't want to put this one down until you finish
  2. Athens, Ont.
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 25, 2012
    Evey
    Athens, Ont.
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Diamonds in the Shadow.
    I think this is an excellent book for teens and adults alike. There is enough intrigue to keep you on the edge of your seat plus it makes you aware of the suffering that the civil wars in Africa have reached. Very well written.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 18, 2009
    Kristi
    When the apartment that the Amabo family was to stay in falls through - Jared is forced to share his bedroom with Mutto - their teenage son. He is not very happy about this -not happy at all. Mopsy, Jared's younger sister, is overjoyed at the fact that their teenage daughter Alake will be bunking with her.The Amabo family are refugees from Africa. They have received passage to the states and are being sponsered by Jared's church. They will help to give them training and find jobs - but there is trouble from the start. The biggest being that the fifth refugee on the plane doesn't like not being in control. Then Andre Amabo, the father, has had his hands chopped off during the war in Africa - one at the wrist, the other at the elbow. Alake doesn't speak - and doesn't appear to hear either. She has to be prodded to even eat. And what is up with Mattu and the two cardboard boxes that contain the ashes of his grandparents?Jarod doesn't believe in the same God that his parents do, and that the Amabo's seem to also. He feels praying is a waste of time. But while the Amabo's are staying with them, his reality begins to change. He finds that doing things for other people really isn't that much trouble. He discovers that his younger sister isn't so annoying, but has great insight and can even be trusted. And he discovers what secrets the ashes of Mattu's grandparents contain. What he does with that information will decide the fate of both families - but will he make the right choice?This would be a great book for middle schoolers and maybe early high school. It is well written, but seems a little simplistic for older than that. I would not recommend it for younger thatn middle school because of some of the violence that it describes.People are not who or what you expect in this book - and that helped to make it a quite a page turner. I was able to read it in just two sittings.
  4. North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 18, 2009
    Janna Ryan
    North Platte, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    "Diamonds in the Shadow" is a fantastic YA book from Caroline Cooney that is full of many great elements.First off it has a wonderful storyline with an American family taking in a refugee family from Africa and trying to help them assimilate to life here.Secondly, great characters. The American family with Jared (who does NOT want the family to live with them), Mopsy (who DOES want the family to live with them), the dad (who is having issues at work), the mom (who is loving having a new family to nurture) and then the African family - mom, dad, brother, sister (who is mute and usually unresponsive). Except this new family seems a little odd to Jared, what is the deal?Next, the mystery element... can Jared figure out what is going on with this new family before it is too late? Are they endangering his family? Are they who they say they are? Who is the other African that got off the same plane they did? Why is he looking for them?I really enjoyed following Jared and Mopsy as they try to piece everything together. And the conclusion was fantastic and had me turning pages very quickly to see how everything would be resolved. While I thought it was a very good YA book that I will be letting my daughter read because it is appropriate for her, I also thought most adults would like this book as well because it doesn't really read like a typical YA book. Excellent book!
  5. Tampa, FL
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 17, 2009
    Sally
    Tampa, FL
    I loved this Young Adult Fiction laced with suspense! The characters are fun to meet and provoke questions as the pages are turned. Jared, an eye-rolling high school aged teen, seems to be both embarrassed and impressed at the same time by his parents. Will he become responsible enough for driving lessons--ever? Mopsy, his sixth grade sister, with her boundless energy reminds me of a family member I know. Change her name and you could be reading about one of my granddaughters. Will she affect the changes she feels are necessary for Alake's assimilation into this new life? And what is wrong with Alake? Mattu's dignified manners and precise speech reveal a staunch young man who has lived through too much. What could be in the two boxes he carries from Africa to America? Why not revisit the past? Are the refugee parents as emotionally removed as they appear? Who is that fifth refugee, and what are his plans? The grocery store scene impressed me. To hear someone gasp at the display of fruit and vegetables and then hear that person express a goal of working amongst all of this food, reminds me to be thankful for my undeserved heritage. Written in first person narrative, at times the voice shifts as a different character shares his perspective. This could be a bit confusing if it is the first time a reader experiences this style of writing; however, it is top-notch writing. Overall, this is a very good adventure story for teens of either gender.
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